Up to the Pyrenees
information on what you need and what not staying, hiking, walking or trekking
this page out and keep a copy with
do I get to the Pyrenees ?
Most of our treks and Pyrenees guided hikes start from our house in Miglos or not to
far from there. Toulouse and Carcassonne are the nearest airports. Only for our
trekking in the Canigou and Puigmal massifs flying to Perpignan
is easier. For links to flights, train, taxi and car rental
do I really need in my
? Here is a list of what you
really need. what
isn't on the list is not really needed. Tents, sleeping mats and gas cookers are
to get to the Pyrenees mountains
info for your Hiking and trekking into the Pyrenees.
address of the house is
don't need a car if your coming for trekking, you can get easily here by train or
(cheaper!) by plane. However when you're coming for holidays staying at
the house you need a car: shops are in Tarascon
(about 10' driving).
RyanAir has cheaper
flights to Carcassonne from where you can get to Tarascon sur Ariège
by train (OK for hiking) or rent a car (you need a car staying at The
friends of the Pyrenees house). Note: flying to Toulouse is a lot
renting a car have a look here
car by drive to Toulouse. From Toulouse take the A66 (
Pamiers), the N20 (Foix,
Tarascon sur Ariège)
and the D8 (Tarascon sur
can get to Miglos from Niaux
but driving along the D8 until Capoulet is
easier : turn the litle
road up to your left, about 1 km and there you are. Our house looks
like it is on the photo below. For a detailed route description from
your home to Miglos have a look
by train : several night trains from Paris to
and one of them going through to Tarascon
sur Ariège. At Tarascon
station ask for a taxi. For train Tabels have a look at the
railways. Once you're in Tarascon sur Ariège phone for a taxi :
05 61 05 61 83 or 05 61 05 62 89. For information on how
to get from Perpignan to Saillagouse where the Canigou-Puigmal trek
starts click the
Canigou Trek page
get In Tarascon sur Ariège the night before hikes start you have to leave
in London Stansted (RyanAir)
early in the morning the day before to Carcassone.
Carcassonne Airport take bus or taxi to Carcassonne main station (in
French : "gare SNCF"). Trains to Toulouse leave there at
12.45 and 13.00 all these leave you plenty of time to visit
most beautiful old city center and get
a train at about 5 p.m. from Toulouse to Tarascon sur Ariège (arrival Tarascon sur Ariège at
about 7 p.m.). Once you're in Tarascon sur Ariège phone for a taxi :
05 61 05 61 83 or 05 61 05 62 89 to drive you to "Le Castel à
don't arrive earlier : the housekeeper needs the week-ends for cleaning
and Richard for relaxing.
To get to Saillagouse, meeting point for the Puigmal-Canigo
flies to Perpignan see the
What you really need to
have in your rucksack to hike the Pyrenees?
gear hiking the Pyrenees :
a lightweight tent.
A 3-man tent usually sleeps 2 comfortably, should weight max. 3,5kg.
Prefer a 2-man tent if you intend to walk alone = sleeps 1 in comfort,
weight less than 3 kg, should have a double roof. Watch out walking alone:
any problem could become a danger.
a 70 litre rucksack.
There are good ones weighting under 2kg empty
a light foam-rubber or
inflatable mattress +
a warm and light synthetic sleeping bag (max. 2kg)
(Down takes moist)
2. Minimum clothing you need
trekking into the Pyrenees :
one pair of waterproof mountain
and four pairs of
waterproof lightweight anorak and
a polar type fleece jacket with
wind stopper and
a warm polar or
change of underwear,
a warm cap (preferably covering the
a polar or other warm
a pair of light sandals.
4. Cooking and eating tools for
your hike :
As refills are easy to find in Spain and
France choose the Camping Gaz stove (e.g. type 270). You may
have difficulty finding other makes of refills. You'll use probably
2 to 3 small size refills per fortnight.
knife, fork and spoon
a billy (cooking pot) suitable for
eating as well as for cooking
3. Necessary Hygiene
stuff Pyrenees hikers need :
brush, soap and towel
containing: tampons, painkiller, anti-diarrhoea,
anti-constipation, disinfectant, water disinfectant, aseptic gauze,
plasters, very high
protection sun cream ,etc
5. Last but not
least : trekking food :
basics : muesli and noodles
and/or lentils suffice, about 1kg
muesli and 1,5kg noodles or 500g lentils per fortnight. Tea and sugar. tomato sauce, some sweets
etc. Save your money for a better meal or sandwich passing a mountain hut, most
prepared dehydrated foods - except prepared noodle dishes - are poor value for money.
don't forget vitamins and minerals,
especially B, anti-oxidants and
olive oil : enough for one
tablespoonful a day
or 70% EPA fish oil
a tin of powdered Isostar or
similar energy-drink is very useful as they also contain salts that you will
lose through sweat.
"Friends of the
Offers a cheap low cost non profit alternative to commercial
Pyrenees trekking tours and
Pyrenees holiday renting.
you pay is a participation in our real yearly organization
costs as a membership fee. This makes it possible to take part in our nu guru no
hiking mountain retreat and/or stay at the house for up to 12 weeks a year. You could ask our guide for a
made to measure trek too, high reductions
This low cost is possible because we
don't need nor want to make profit and none is paid.
Maintenance and renovation of our house are financed thanks to our
intensive immersion private Dutch courses
for diplomats, executive managers, professors and other higher educated.
is our hobby, we love the Pyrenees Mountains and like to meet people from
different countries with similar interest.
What you get is a simple but nice place to stay, an old period farm, and
professionally guided hikes and treks off the beaten paths all over the Pyrenees.
Membership fees are : 450€ for hikers, Groups :
1.600€. a year (Full year : starting upon receipt)
Pyrenees Hikers membership
fee includes participation in our no guru no mysticism mountain retreat, Richard's Pyrenees Guide service +
additional stays at Friends of
the Pyrenees house (except 15/6 to 15/9) at 50€ a day + charges.
Pyrenees Group Membership
fee includes a 2 weeks (July-August) or 3 weeks summer stay, Richard's Pyrenees Guide Service +
additional stays at Friends
of the Pyrenees house at 50€ per overnight + charges.
Charges or extra
When staying at Friends
of the Pyrenees house :water+electricity+gas+wood at 0,15€ per Kw, more wood at
current price, a cleaning up (75€).
When hiking the
Pyrenees, if you need a single person tent, 2€ per
item per overnight.
Who we are?
are a small group of Belgian, Swiss, German
and French hikers and families of all ages. We
enjoy nature, the Pyrenees, France and Spain and are concerned about a sustainable development of the Pyrenees. We are a little
sporty and intellectual (not to much) enjoy, for instance, rambling, climbing, potholing, angling, martial
arts and mountain biking, ...).
We wanted to create a small is
beautiful, simple, friendly and inexpensive meeting place
and offer Pyrenees hikes and treks to explore the French and
Spanish Pyrenees in a
way commercial initiatives cannot realize.
more about us
This website is the
international Pyrenees mountains information website of Vriendenkring Amitié
Européenne asbl a Belgian small is beatifull non profit association.
other websites are:
www.pyrenees.be for more information in French.
This website also contains a 2 weeks trail description, an alternative high
route through the French and Andorran Pyrenees.
information in Dutch about our Pyrenees house, family holidays, guided treks
and extended information on our mountain retreat is on
As you may guess we cannot earn the necessary money to
run our organization, the house, our trekkings and hikes only through
That's why since 2003 we joined in DialoguE, according to The
Wall Street Journal one of the best European language schools, to provide
high level crash courses Dutch for executive managers and the higher
Richard our former senior benevolent is working full time as
Richard has a background in Organizational Development,
expertise in learning and personal development strategies (he teaches that
topic at Continuing Studies of Lille II University).
He's fluent in
English, German and French.
Richard loves teaching his mother tongue in an
efficient one to one setting and is a real expert in client- and dialogue centered learning.
Richard commits himself fully in teaching you Dutch even
starting from scratch in an amazing minimum time.
A special website in German
dedicated to this Dutch courses for the higher educated is
Same information to our French
full immersion private Dutch courses can be found on
responsible editor :
office & contact : Lutiau 53, B-6500 Beaumont
Friends of the
Pyrenees House : Le Castel,
phone +32 60